There are some things I miss at this time of self isolating due to the COVID-19 crisis.
I miss seeing people in the coffee shop and hanging out, telling my jokes to the people who work there.
I miss stopping in my favorite deli at Open Harvest to buy a little food and telling them a joke.
I miss interacting in person with my colleagues in the places where I teach.
I miss going to church on Sunday mornings.
But out of those things, it is not like my absence will mean that much or be a source of concern for anyone. Life goes on.
What I miss the most and what concerns me the most is my students and my friends who came here as refugees and immigrants.
I miss visiting them in their homes and sharing a meal, laughter, helping them with things, and being there for them. They are the ones who have been in touch with me to see how I am doing. They are the ones I am concerned about the most too.
My friendship with my refugee and immigrant friends are what gives me so much joy in life. Spending so much time apart from them has made me realize something. I do not want to retire- EVER.
When this crisis is over, the first thing I wish to do is visit my friends and see how they are doing, sharing coffee or tea with them and listening to their stories. That is the purpose Jesus has given me in life. That is how he has designed me to be. That is what I miss the most.
What do you miss?
Thank you for reading. God Bless.